Ypulse Youth Movers & Shakers

Today we bring you another installment of Youth Media Movers and Shakers. We’ve culled through industry publications looking for the recent executive placements we think you should know about. If you have executive news that you want us to highlight in our next “Movers and Shakers,” email me.

MTV Networks Monday named Kevin Arrix executive vice president-digital advertising sales, making him the lead sales executive in charge of MTVN’s online and mobile advertising across all of its properties. Arrix will also oversee MTV Networks Digital Fusion, a digital branded entertainment group; as well as MTVN’s Tribes, a series of demographic-focused vertical ad networks built around its core online properties. (MediaPost, reg. required)

Disney’s board nominated Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg to be its thirteenth member…Sandberg, who formerly ran global sales and operations at Google and was chief of staff for the Treasury Department, also serves on the boards of Starbucks, the Brookings Institution, Women for Women International, V-Day and the Ad Council.  (GigaOm)

Disney Media Networks is promoting Todd Dubester to vp of global distribution strategy and business development. Dubester will oversee the department, which handles international, syndicated, digital and affiliate distribution of Disney’s news and entertainment content. Dubester is tasked with business development—finding new distribution channels and business models. He will report to Ben Pyne, president of the division. (THR)

Virtual currency startup Offerpal Media has named Mihir Shah as chief revenue officer. Shah most recently served as vice president of Ad Networks for widget maker RockYou (MediaPost, reg, required)

FremantleMedia North America communications exec Manfred Westphal has been handed expanded responsibilities (BuzzHollywood)

Discovery president and general manager John Ford is leaving Discovery as part of a major Discovery Communications networks reorganization. Discovery and Science Channel will fall under the oversight of Discovery veteran Clark Bunting, with Debbie Myers continuing her role as Science Channel General Manager. (Multichannel)

The CW’s current executive Gaye Hirsch is switching to development. Hirsch has been named senior vice president drama development for the network, developing new hour long series. (MediaPost, reg. required)

At Little, Brown Children’s: Lisa Ickowicz has been named senior marketing manager. She had been marketing manager there.  Tracy Shaw has been named associate art director. She had been senior designer there.  Julie Scheina has been named associate editor. She had been assistant editor there. Nancy Conescu has been named senior editor at Little, Brown Children’s. She had been editor there. (Mediabistro, reg. required)

Nike says it has hired Dave McTague as CEO of Cole Haan, replacing Jim Seuss, who is leaving the company. Most recently, McTague was EVP of partnered brands for Liz Claiborne. Before that, he was president of Converse Apparel, also owned by Nike. (MediaPost, reg. required)

The Jim Henson Company has re-upped Halle Stanford with a long-term agreement and has promoted her to Executive Vice President of Children’s Entertainment. (press release)

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